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Turnout at UK General Elections



  • House of Commons Library – Turnout at elections
  • Colin Rallings and Michael Thrasher, British Electoral Facts 1832-2006.


DateParty forming governmentInitial Prime Minister
27/10/1931National GovernmentRamsay MacDonald
14/11/1935National GovernmentStanley Baldwin
05/07/1945LabourClement Attlee
23/02/1950LabourClement Attlee
25/10/1951ConservativeSir Winston Churchill
26/05/1955ConservativeSir Anthony Eden
08/10/1959ConservativeHarold Macmillan
15/10/1964LabourHarold Wilson
31/03/1966LabourHarold Wilson
18/06/1970ConservativeEdward Heath
28/02/1974LabourHarold Wilson
10/10/1974LabourHarold Wilson
03/05/1979ConservativeMargaret Thatcher
09/06/1983ConservativeMargaret Thatcher
11/06/1987ConservativeMargaret Thatcher
09/04/1992ConservativeJohn Major
01/05/1997LabourTony Blair
07/06/2001LabourTony Blair
05/05/2005LabourTony Blair
06/05/2010CoalitionDavid Cameron
07/05/2015ConservativeDavid Cameron
08/06/2017ConservativeTheresa May
12/12/2019ConservativeBoris Johnson



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